Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Money and Experience
There are some things I don't have the money to experience. For example, I really can't buy an airplane and get a pilot's license. The few times I've been up in small private planes I've really enjoyed myself.
There are some things that I probably could stretch the budget for but it's not worth it. ATVs are fun to drive, but for me, not high enough up on the fun/cost ratio. I'd rather spend the money on a sailboat because that's a lot more enjoyable for me.
Limited funds dictate what a person can experience.
Ever wonder if you missed out in life because you lacked the funds to discover and develop a native talent? It reminds me of the story about the General who dies and goes to heaven. He asks St. Peter to meet the best military mind that ever lived. St. Peter shows him a meek looking guy. The General recognizes the man as a cobbler he knew. That can't be the best military mind, said the General. Yes he was said St. Peter, but he never was in a position to command armies.
A nice high paying job has handcuffs of its own. Getting enough free time to so something really interesting with that money is the problem. Then there's the status thing. What someone does with their “free” time is judged by their peers. A quick trip to Hawaii to a high end resort has more status than a week of gigging frogs in the bayou. Heaven help the executive who might actually enjoy the bayou trip more.
Of course, the sort of person who does well in a high power job probably doesn't know how to kick back and relax. They know more is better so there would be no joy in a small boat. Besides, the trophy wife wouldn't set foot on a boat too small. She did marry an image that has to be maintained.
Then there are those who were born into privilege and leisure. The world is their playground. Even so, I do not regret the struggles that developed my character. It takes a lot of grinding to make a sharp knife.
While my means may be somewhat limited, my situation is better than most in human History. It would be a shame to miss out on the things I can do.